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Old 11-19-2017, 05:14 AM
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Personally, If I'm being honest, I thought this was a one match show and one of the weakest nxt takeover they ever produce.

Let's go match by match,

Lars Sullivan vs kassius ohno

Why was that match even on the card. This was an glorify enhancement match. Lars Sullivan is suppose to be the NXT version of strowman but he lack the charisma and presence of strowman. In the end, this was a really boring match and they could have done this on nxt tv instead of a special

Allister black vs Velveteen dream

Again same as the first match. Nothing again Velveteen, but he scream job guy. Allister is a superstar and deserve better then this match.

Fatal four way for the women title.

Really descent match, I miss some of it because the first 2 matches put me to sleep so I had problem staying awake throughout this match. Anyway good match by all four wrestlers and a predictable ending

Drew McIntyre vs Andrade Chen Palmas

Again a nothing match in my opinion but I was shock to see Andrade win the belt. I don't know what this mean for drew but I really hope this mean he's getting called up really soon because he deserve better then getting stuck in nxt.

War games

This is Where I thing the show picked up. This was an incredible match and if I had to not pick about this match, I would say that this went a little bit too long and they didn't use the second ring enough. I felt like they didn't have enough cameraman to film the whole match so they gave the instruction to do as much as they could inside ring number 1 and It took away from the match a little bit but again, this was still an awesome match and this is what saved the show in my opinion.

I know that this won't be a popular opinion because their always be a bias toward NXT takeover special from the fans, but if it was for war games, this was a pretty forgettable show and I wasn't up to the standard of what a nxt takeover special is

The fact that the show wasn't sold out didn't help think because when they took a wide shot of the arena, you could Cleary see that They're was one side that was pretty empty and that why they didn't do a lot of wide shot during the show.
Any knowledgeable wrestling fan would praise the best story driven match on WWE programming in months.
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Any knowledgeable wrestling fan would praise the best story driven match on WWE programming in months.
Which one are you talking about because if you're talking about war games, I did praise it, in fact it's the only one match that I actually praise in the entire show because it's the only match that deserved to be praise because it was an awesome match, I was just nit picking on certain details that they could do better the next time they use the gimmick.
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NXT TakeOver: WarGames

1. Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan - I got what I was expecting from this match, I think it could've been a little longer but, at the same time, the 5+ minutes they got were really good. This was a hard hitting, physical bout and that's what it needed to be; it was also the first test of Lars Sullivan outside of a basic squash and I thought he rose to the challenge just fine. The guy's a physical freak of nature as it was genuinely impressive watching him effortlessly toss around a guy as big as Ohno is. Sullivan hits the Freak Accident for the win about the 5 minute & 15 second mark for the win. Some may not like seeing Ohno used like this but I've got no problem with it when you look at how everything is lined up: Ohno turns 38 about this time next month, he gained about 65 lbs. since he was last in NXT and he probably won't be coming to the main roster. I expect Ohno will be a gatekeeper sort of guy in NXT for another year or two before he retires from in-ring competition to work behind the scenes as a talent scout for NXT or a producer. ***

2. Aleister Black vs. The Velveteen Dream - This match was nothing short of amazing and it completely blew away my expectations. The build for this match was excellent, just an example of how to build a mid-card feud with a simple mixture of storytelling, character interaction and characters with polar personalities. There were no drawn out 20 minute+ promo segments, no authority figures all over the show, just two wrestlers trusted to do their jobs. It's amazing how far Dream has come in just a few years, there's money to be made with this kid as he's got loads of personality, charisma, athleticism and knows how to work a crowd. He and black played so well off each other during the build and, if anything, they were even more in synch during the match with a combination of great back & forth action, some fun technical grappling and fantastic storytelling. There were a few points that had me thinking that hey might go with Dream for the win considering some of the offense he had and the fact that they made him look tough by hanging in there with a striker like Black. The end comes a bit past the 14.5 minute mark with Black manages to finally land Black Mass for the win; I might be overrating this match to some degree, but I just really, really enjoyed this and thought it was right up there Bate vs. Dunne at TakeOver:Chicago. ****3/4

3. NXT Women's Championship - Kairi Sane vs. Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross - The ladies had the unenviable task of following up a match like Black vs. Dream but they still did an excellent job with everyone really working hard. Everyone was given opportunities to shine here and they all delivered, I liked that there was a sense of urgency here, all the women made you think that there was nothing more important in the world to them than being NXT Women's Champion. My one big complaint is one that's pretty common among the three and fourway matches among the women in NXT is that they're all a bit too short with most of them coming in right around ghe 10 minute mark, just like this one did. It just makes things feel a bit rushed but, I suppose, that adds to the whole chaos element that's a prime factor in these matches. The end comes with Ember hitting both Peyton Royce and Nikki Cross with the Eclipse before she gets the pin on Cross and wins the NXT Women's Championship. ***1/2

4. NXT Championship - Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas - I thought this was excellent and further displayed that Almas is among the most consistently high quality in-ring talents WWE has had in many years. He and McIntyre played extraordinarily well off each other and meshed their styles beautifully. McIntyre is a big man and I like how he frequently shows that he can do a lot more than just wrestle the traditional big man style that Vince loves for men his size. The match was very physical with Almas holding his own and delivering some very fun offense while McIntyre looked impressive in his own right using his size & strength to effortlessly manhandle Almas at times. Both guys came off looking really tough as well since they each withstood everything the other could bring. Zelina Vega has been a godsend to Almas as she has the sort of charisma needed to pull everything together, she's also the sort of strong female manager that would be a breath of fresh air on the main roster. However, it'll probably never happen on the main roster as when/if she arrives there, Vince will water her down or turn her into some catty bitch as he's too sexist to allow her to remain as she is. McIntyre was protected here a bit as Vega did place Almas' foot on the rope to break the count after McIntyre delivered the Claymore Kick. The end comes about the 15 minute mark when Almas is pulling McIntyre back into the ring over the top and delivers a modified version of the spike DDT he uses as a finisher for the win and becomes new NXT Champion. I was genuinely surprised they went with a title change and I thought Almas' selling surprise and elation at winning the title worked, it's nice to see a heel seem excited about winning a big title match that goes deeper than him being able to say he's the man. McIntyre looked despondent in the ring and I thought, at first, it was merely him selling the loss of the title but Triple H confirmed that McIntyre suffered a bicep injury towards the end of the match. Unfortunately, they fear that he's torn something, so he's having anMRI Monday. If it's torn, then, my guess, is that he's out for at least 6 months, which is even more unfortunate as I got the feeling that the reason he dropped the title was to be moved up to the main roster soon. ****1/4

5. WarGames - The Authors of Pain & Roderick Strong vs. SAnitY vs. The Undisputed Era - This match was everything and anything that anyone could have hoped for this type of match to be. It wasn't the WarGames match of old, it was better and while that might sound blasphemous to some, tough titty because it's true. The slight changes made to the cage and the new rules coupled with the wrestlers involved was simply an improvement on the original concept in my eyes. It was gloriously chaotic, heavily physical, everyone was able to shine, they introduced weapons into the match via the SAnitY bohs and there was even some blood. The match went about 36.5 minutes and there was so much going on that you can't just really stop and do a play by play. If there was any one single person to be singled out as looking the most impressive, which is difficult as everyone looked like a star, it was Killian Dain; I mean, after all, how often to you see a 330 lbs. man perform a friggin Van Terminator? Props to Kyle O'Reilly for selling the crap out of the move, as he was twitching like he'd just gotten kicked in the head by a fucking Clydesdale. Probably the spot of the night was Strong superplexing Adam Cole off the top of the cage, sort of a jacked up replay of the spot they used to close out the go home episode of NXT last Wednesday. Although all of the wrestlers were grouped around there fighting so they could cushion the impact, it didn't seem to work all that well as you can tell that Cole hit the ring solidly if you watched all the replays. The end comes eventually with Adam Cole hitting Eric Young with a Shining Wizard that knocked a steel chair into his head for the victory. A fantastic effort all around with the right team winning. ****1/2

Final Thoughts - When it comes to high quality wrestling, the TakeOver events are arguably the most reliable shows in all of pro wrestling over the last few years and from top to bottom, TakeOver: WarGames may have been the best of them. When the weakest match on the card still garners a 3 star rating, then you know you're getting top notch stuff. My only complaint is that I think some of the matches at these TakeOver events could be a bit longer but as complaints go, it's a pretty damn minor one. The surprise of the night was Drew McIntyre losing the NXT Championship and my guess as to why it came about so soon is because the plan was for him to head to the main roster in the next few months. It's a damn shame that McIntyre might be injured, however, and be on the shelf for months. While the show will be remembered for the great return of the WarGames, my favorite match of the night was Black vs. Dream; they worked their asses off to deliver a classic 1 on 1 match that, if anything, was even better than the build for the match itself. At the end of the night, every wrestler on the card came off looking like a significant star and we were left with another inescapable conclusion: Vince needs to listen to his son in law a lot more because the main roster product would be all the better for it. If you didn't like this show, then I just don't know what to tell you other than you should probably stop watching wrestling for a while.

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I skipped the Ohno versus Sullivan match almost entirely. I got bored really fast. You could guess the entire match as well as it's finish within the first 45 seconds. I know Ohno is a good worker and Sullivan can actually at least get the job done in the ring for a decent match. Especially for the amount of time he has been training and being developed as a talent. This did it's job as a match and an opener. Also as someone noted prior. Ohno is definitely in the later part of his career so it doesn't really matter long term that he lost.

Black vs Dream. So I knew Dream was good, but not this good. Nothing has really been as great as the NXT Zayn versus Neville feud, but I got a little bit of that feeling here. I love Tommy and have personal bias so I won't praise him too much, but he's a top 3 worker in NXT easily. Dream though. I'll actually go out of my way to watch his next good or big match, because this was interesting to see from him. Good storytelling. The thing WWE says is the most important, but never really does well to any degree. It's a solid. 3.5. 4 Star match if you really push it. Great and memorable, but definitely not even near some of the lower tier best matches they had in the G1 this year. Crowd is absolute trash also. Took me out the match a bit.

I got bored of the Women's match. In about. 2 Minutes. You already knew what was going to happen not too long in. Ember can work. Nikki has always been able to work. Pretending Kairi Sane can't work and claiming to be a "wrestling" fan is blasphemy. Royce can get it done at the least. Glad Ember won, because why not really. I'm just not too into the fatal four way type match and there wasn't really anything here that was going to be great anyway. Did it's job. Can complain, but it'd all be really trivial.

Drew vs Almas. I'm not invested into either one, but you're not going to like everyone. Despite that they both objectively are very useful, skilled, and valuable talent. It was a little boring, but I got into it a little bit. I dislike the finish, but sometimes things happen in the ring and you just have to do what you have to do. Good match. I really do hope Drew recovers fast and remains healthy.

WarGames. 10/10 solid absolute disaster of a match.

So I guess the weird tall German guy from sanity goes by Wolfe now. He reminds me of one of the dudes from Hills have Eyes. Which is pretty solid for his character. Saw one of his matches a while back out of NXT, but didn't know it was the same dude at all. I forgot Damo is in NXT to. He was pretty much the star of this match between getting the weapons. Eating a key. The coast to coast. Destroying literally everyone. I assume everyone knows Eric is a great worker. Don't even need to mention him.

Authors of pain were trash, but I don't blame them for that really. I kept noticing how handsome strong was in this match. I really liked his attire here. I'm not sure how handsome he is though, because it was pretty late. He's definitely attractive as person rather than someone like Randy who is just attractive aesthetically. May be my new NXT crush after Tommy. Cole was great as always. Fish was great as always. Kyle was alright, but that spot where he swung the chair and missed the opponent only to hit the ropes and have it bounce back and hit him in the head was funny. It was really quick and the crowd kind of caught on a little slowly to it, but it was a cool spot. That one, Swallowing a key, and some of the other more ridiculous spots really made the match more entertaining.

NXT is good on a consistent basis. Really only behind NJPW. Which really isn't a fair comparison for any promotion, but I can't pretend shows that have 3 back to back 5 star matches with the crowd so into it grown men cry for the face don't exist. 4/5. On the lower end of the 4, for sure.
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I watched tonight's episode of NXT airing on the USA Network and I have to say that I very much prefer watching it via the WWE Network. The commercials, and there were way too damn many just as is often the case with Raw, completely took the energy out of the show; it's hard to maintain interest in something when the commercial breaks are longer than the content that's being presented on the show. The matches themselves worked just fine, especially the main event, for what they were hoping to accomplish, but having 3 minute matches and commercial breaks that last roughly double that just don't work for the format NXT currently has, just way too many commercials and too little overall action for a 1 hour show.

I'm glad this was a one time thing and I hope it stays that way, especially with next week's show being a loaded one.
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NXT - December 20, 2017


1. NXT Tag Team Championship: SAnitY vs. The Undisputed Era - This was a good tag match between them, it wasn't as strong as I'd hoped it'd be but it was still very solid featuring good work from both teams. Both teams got in a good amount of offense and, overall, I think Killian Dane was probably the most impressive; Dane does a good job as the athletic big man, though he doesn't try to do anything insane as he keeps it relatively simple but impactful. Both Adam Cole and Nikki Cross made their presence felt during the match, Nikki mostly by beating the snot out of Cole to the delight of the crowd. The ending comes about the 15 minute mark when Eric Young, after beating up on Cole a bit more, gets back into the ring only to eat a Total Elimination from Fish & O'Reilly to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions. ***

2. Fatal Fourway #1 Contenders Qualifying Match: Roderick Strong vs. Lars Sullivan - A short but very hard hitting, physical bout that was better than Sullivan's bout against Kassius Ohno at the last TakeOver event. The match only went about 6 minutes, but Strong got in a lot of believable, physical offense against Sullivan, including taking him off his feet a couple of times, while Sullivan continues to look like this savage brute. Strong may have looked better here than he has in a while as he endured Sullivan's physical onslaught and kept coming back, including hitting his biggest offense as the match went on including a Superplex and an Angle Slam, which earned a believable near fall. They were able to generate enough drama to make it seem like Sullivan might be vulnerable if Strong proved able to hit one of his patented backbreakers but it never got to that; late in the match, Sullivan catches Strong off the ropes for the pop up powerslam before delivering the Freak Accident for the clean win just a bit before the 6 minute mark. Strong gave Sullivan his best match to date and Sullivan continues to make the most of each given opportunity. It was short, but very good for the time it had. ***1/4

3. WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne vs. Tyler Bate - I've been looking forward to this match since it was announced last week. This was the third time these two have clashed in either a televised title match and once again they delivered a genuine MOTY candidate. The chemistry these two have can't be overstated because it just works on every level as the match delivered a lot of hard hitting, physical action coupled with great storytelling, high flying offense and technical knowhow; I always cringe a little bit when Dunne works on his opponent's fingers because he makes it look like it hurts so badly, and it could really with the application of just slightly more pressure and that's something your mind registers. Bate comes off as a likeable, traditional babyface while Dunne is a premiere heel, he doesn't try to be a cool heel nor does he play up to the crowd to get a pop out of them as though he's a babyface like you'll see with the Young Bucks or Omega. Each man did hit his finisher on the other once in the match with the other being able to kick out, which I think is okay to do every once in a while, depending on the match, and as long as you don't run it into the ground during the match. The end comes with Bate delivering a German Suplex to Dunne off the top, only for Dunne to flip and land on his feet before quickly pulling Bate into position for the Bitter End, which he hits for the 2nd time and for the win at about the 23 to 24 minute mark to retain the UK Championship. Just fantastic. ****3/4

Final Thoughts - This was a classic episode of NXT and is probably a prime example of why NXT may well be the best pro wrestling program of the decade. The usual for NXT is that everything that happened on the show had a purpose, including advancing storylines, hyping matches for next week that include an NXT Women's Championship bout between Ember Moon and Sonya Deville and the big Fatal Fourway #1 Contenders match featuring Gargano vs. Black vs. Sullivan vs. Dane, promoting the upcoming debut of Shayna Baszler and setting up a program between Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss and Heavy Machinery. Also, the overall tone of the NXT product as a whole is a much more serious one than we see on the main roster and that makes a massive amount of difference; too often, Raw and SmackDown come off like they're just TV shows because that's how Vince wants them treated whereas NXT comes off more like competition, which is how wrestling should be treated. We all know that NXT is a TV show as well, we all know it's not "real", but it just works a lot better when you don't have grown men dressed up as reindeer wrestling in matches. As for the matches themselves, you had a very solid tag bout leading to a title change, a short but very strong singles bout that made both men look good and title bout main event that's a match of the year candidate. The Undisputed Era are the new NXT Tag Team Champions, which works just fine for me as you can tell that NXT creative has been setting them up for the big matches and defenses. Lars Sullivan is a great, believable beast while Roderick Strong, second only to Johnny Gargano, is the bright, shining light of NXT. Pete Dunne may be the best young heel in wrestling, he and Bate have delivered a trifecta of MOTY candidates and I think if this match had a little more build, maybe a few video packages and a couple of sit down interviews with both men, it would've been a genuine 5 stars. This is a must see episode of NXT, one of the overall best and probably the longest as it went to about 13 minutes past 9 pm last night, whereas most episodes often finish up with 5 to, every once in a while, 10 minutes to spare.

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1. NXT Tag Team Championship: The Undisputed Era vs. The Authors of Pain - I thought this was a very strong, smartly wrestled match that showcased the contrasting and meshing of two different styles extremely well. The Authors are a pair of big, overwhelmingly powerful bruisers who often manhandled Fish and O'Reilly while they had to be resourceful, scrappy and a little sneaky in order to stay with things. Fish and O'Reilly kept working on Akam's left knee throughout the match and it'd pay dividends at the end. At the end of the match, the Authors are going for the Super Collider and execute most of it, when the backs of Fish and O'Reilly connect, Fish eats the powerbomb from Rezar while Akam's knee buckles. O'Reilly then rana's Akam into Rezar, knocking him out of the ring, and rolls Akam up for a schoolboy for the win at the 15 minute mark. Great work from both the teams and the right team went over. ****

2. Kassius Ohno vs. The Velveteen Dream - While this match wasn't remotely on the level of Dream vs. Black at TakeOver: WarGames, given that there wasn't any build up or story to it, this was still an entertaining bout between two guy who're really over with NXT fans. I can't say enough how far Dream has come in such a short time and the fans were into this from start to finish. Dream's claim that he'd knock Ohno out in 30 seconds and the crowd counting when the match started was a lot of fun, as was the huge pop when Dream knocked Ohno down about 25 seconds into it. The match did go longer than 30 seconds, of course, it went about 11 minutes in fact, and was a really physical outing with Dream holding his own against Ohno. The end comes after Dream manages to hit Ohno with the rolling Death Valley Driver before climbing to the top rope, then stepping back onto the LED ring post and jumps a good halfway across the ring to deliver the Purple Rainmaker elbow for the clean win. It's obvious that Ohno is the gatekeeper in NXT and Dream needed a high profile win after back to back losses against Black and Gargano in two of the best matches of the year. ***1/4

3. NXT Women's Championship: Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler - I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this match. I felt that if Baszler lost that she'd lose some of her mystique yet she's not ready to be champion. This match told a great story and that's what it was really all about: the story. Baszler plays the role of a bully very well and Moon was a good, courageous babyface who didn't back down from her. Around the middle of the match, Baszler stomped on Moon's left arm in the manner we saw in Baszler's match against Dakota Kai a few weeks ago and Ember sold the hell out of it throughout the rest of the match. Moon eventually rallies and manages to hit the Eclipse on Baszler but can't follow up with the story being that doing the move, which requires her to use both arms, exacerbated the injury done to her left arm. The last few minutes of the match were spent with Baszler and Moon rolling around the canvas with Baszler locking in the Cross Armbreaker with Moon showing a lot of guts by constantly trying to get to the ropes or fighting the hold. The fans were really into it by then as there was a ton of great drama here. The end finally comes with Moon, still trying to get free, manages to stack Baszler and get the three count. She sells disbelief in the ring for a few minutes as trainers help Moon out of the ring only for Baszler to jump her from behind and choke her out. Part of me would have liked to have seen Baszler win here, but she was protected in that Moon's stacked pin looked sorta flukey and she's not ready to be champion. Maybe in another few months, we'll see it happen. ***1/4

4. Extreme Rules Match - Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole - A great brawl that made great use of the Extreme Rules format. They used a little bit of everything here including kendo sticks, trash cans, tables and even a ladder while beating the crap out of each other. Both men received several cuts along their bodies during the match, nothing deep or anything, but enough that the refs were a little cautious at time but the wrestlers were really smart about it. For instance, while the ref was checking on Adam Cole, Black was busy setting up tables at ringside to keep fan focus on him. Both guys took some really nice looking spots, including Black going through the tables stacked outside, Black putting Cole through the announce table and delivering an AA on Cole that saw Cole land on the stiff backs of two steel chairs rather than the seats. As expected, Fish and O'Reilly interfered in the match and beat the crap out of Black, this took place before he spot that saw Black put Cole through the announce table, but SAnitY made the save. The end of this match comes about the 23 minute mark with both guys selling exhaustion and Cole ready to waffle Black with a steel chair only for Black to pop up and hit Black Mass before falling into the cover for the win. Black Mass didn't look as crisp as usual, the kick caught Cole under the arm but it was at an awkward angle as Cole had his arms up over his head ready to deliver an overhead strike with the steel chair. Part of me questions not having Cole go over but, as would be shown later in the night, it makes sense for Black to go over if he's the next challenger for the NXT Championship. ****1/4

5. NXT Championship: Andrade "Cien" Almas vs. Johnny Gargano - This was nothing short of spectacular, it's just really, really, really difficult to imagine a match being better than this one as it had everything that you could ask for. It had top notch storytelling, psychology, great back and forth action, dramatic near falls, a distinct lack of the overuse of finishers and a massively invested crowd hanging on everything that the wrestlers were doing. The crowd was feeling this match from bell to bell and it had them on the edge of their seats. It's hard to imagine anything topping Pete Dunne vs. Tyler Bate at TakeOver: Chicago last year, but this did it as it was just an epic encounter. If Dave Meltzer doesn't give this bout 5 stars, then I don't see how he can retain any credibility as this was hands down the best match of 2018 thus far, in any promotion. Zelina Vega mad her presence known as she attempted to help Almas around the middle of the match by delivering a hurricanrana into the ring steps, she'd try to interfere again only to be speared to the ground by Gargano's wife, Candice LaRae, and basically beaten out of the arena towards the back. Gargano was selling the crap out of Almas' offense, I don't know that anybody can sell the dazed, glassy eyed look better than Gargano. The end comes about the 32.5 minute mark when Gargano, about 90% dead at this point, is pulled to where he's dangling off the top turnbuckle and Almas delivers the hammerlock DDT for the 2nd time in the match for the win. Post match, as LaRae is helping Gargano up the ramp, Tomasso Ciampa, sporting the wild beard look, attacks him from behind by striking him across the back with a metal crutch. iIf you didn't like this match, you've got no business watching professional wrestling. *****

Final Thoughts - As has been the case with every TakeOver, this one delivered in a major way. From an overall standpoint, I'd probably have to give this a slight edge over WarGames. I felt that the "weakest" matches on the cards were still strong 3.25 star bouts while the tag team and Extreme Rules match both were at least 4 stars and I gave the NXT Championship match a full 5 stars. The main event may have been the greatest match in NXT history and possibly all of WWE in quite a long while and this was one of the rare times in a TakeOver event in which the NXT Championship match wasn't outshined by something else on the card. If nothing else, watch the last two matches on the show but especially the main event.

Grade: A+
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For the first time ever, I didn't watch it live mostly because I found the product boring and un imaginative since It's always the same formula they use for every big event. But that's just my personal taste. Having said that, I PVR it and I did watch it.

I enjoyed the opening match, it was a really good way to start the night and help made the undisputed era look like a big threat.

Velveteen dream vs kassius ohno was pretty much a tv match to make Velveteen look good nothing else to say about this one.

The women's match was really good,especially as far as storytelling is concern and at the end made me interested in seeing where the story goes from there.

The extreme rules match was the matches of the night for me, I fell they did some unnecessary spots that they will regret doing when they grow older especially the DVD on the chair that Adam Cole took but still awesome match and I respect both guys for what they went through.

The main event for me was just o.k. probably because I never felt like Johnny gargano had a chance of winning the title once and giving them the same type of match that they always give the main event matches for theses specials didn't fit. I found myself fast forwarding through a big part of the match just to see how gargano would lose and the aftermath that I was expecting.

In the end, I had more fun watching this show that way because if I started to get bored with something, I could just fast forward it and it made for a more enjoyable experience. Also, I'm glad to see EC3 in NXT, I'm guessing he probably will start officially when the episode of impact where he gets fired air so to not confuse why he's still wrestling on impact while being in NXT.
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My. God.

Unfortunately I was busy for most of Takeover so I didn't really have my full attention on it. But luckily I was freed up just as the main event started. I won't review the first four matches in detail... well because I can't but I can give my quick thoughts on what I saw.

Authors of Pain vs. Undisputed Era - I saw almost none of this match sans the final 2-3 minutes. There's really not much to say.

Dream vs. Ohno - Pretty good. Dream has been on an absolute roll lately in terms of putting on near classic matches, and while this fell quite short of a "classic" it was still very solid. I loved the way it started. It was sloppy at a few points but nothing too dreadful. This is what was needed to get Dream back on track... I wonder what's next for him though.

Moon vs. Baszler - This was a little baffling for me. Even though the match was the shortest on the show, it still went longer than I expected... even though the last few minutes were basically just Moon in the armbar. I guess I like the story that was told here but I still think Baszler should've gone over. She looked a lot better than I thought she would, and I can't help but think her aura took a bit of a hit by not winning. The post match assault helped and it feels like another match NEEDS to happen but Takeover: New Orleans is still quite a bit away. We have about 10 weeks, and it feels like if a second match happens, it should be much more immediate. Still good though, probably the weakest overall though.

Black vs. Cole - Unfortunately I didn't get to see much of this one either. I missed a lot of the big spots but from what I did see, it didn't disappoint so I doubt the rest of the match did. Black is coming for that title... which leads me into...

Almas vs. Gargano - I can't sing the praises of this match enough. I've literally been gushing about it all night and into the morning. This is EASILY the greatest match ever contested for the NXT Championship and I think overall it's the greatest match NXT's ever had... it's in rarified air as far as WWE matches are concerned. I've never seen a match go this long and be so so smooth, I mean honestly... it was a perfect match, I can't remember a single move that wasn't executed flawlessly. I remember there was this one spot about 20ish minutes in where Gargano went for a reverse frankensteiner and he started to slip off of Almas' back way too early and I was thinking to myself, "Yikes this is going to look ugly" but somehow Almas adjusted and made it look absolutely perfect. I read a stat earlier that said it's the first non-gimmick WWE match to go beyond 30 minutes since Rock/Cena from WrestleMania 28 which I consider kind of amazing considering that was almost six years ago. What Zelina's done for Almas' career has been nothing short of phenomenal. They're my favorite act in NXT right now so even though I was sorta pulling for Gargano, the result didn't upset me in any way whatsoever and I really hope that for the people who were disappointed, they can look past that to see the true brilliance of this match. It deserves ALLLLLLLLLLLLL of the stars.
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The main event for me was just o.k. probably because I never felt like Johnny gargano had a chance of winning the title once and giving them the same type of match that they always give the main event matches for theses specials didn't fit. I found myself fast forwarding through a big part of the match just to see how gargano would lose and the aftermath that I was expecting.
What in the actual fuck?

Dude, you make it nearly impossible for anyone to show you respect. You fast forward through the big parts of the match then say the match was just ok? Go back and rewatch it for the storytelling masterpiece it was. If you didn't buy Johnny Gargano winning for one moment you're a better man than anyone on these forums. The false finishes in the match should be noted on the main roster and it's easily the best NXT title match ever. We get it, you don't like NXT because you consider yourself above the smarky audience but you have to give credit where it's due.
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